Mash It Up This Winter

Mashes are a versatile feed, with nutritional benefits for a wide range of horses, our ace nutritionist – Lisa Elliott, Msc – explains more. Why Feed a Mash? Mashes are often though of as a feed for older horses who are unable to chew or a warming feed in the winter. And while they are most definitely fantastic for both […] Continue Reading

Feeding horses in winter

With winter upon us, the nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and the winter coats are well and truly in use, for both horse and rider! Now is the time to plan how to keep your horse healthy and in good condition throughout the colder months, by making sure his nutritional needs are met. Read on for advice from […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Heavy Horse

With heavy horses turning their sizeable hooves to a variety of activities these days, ranging from pleasure rides, showing and dressage to the more traditional pulling and ploughing, providing the right nutrition is essential. Our nutritionist – Lisa Elliott MSc – is a bit of a heavy horse nut, and had a beautiful giant called Rupert in her life for many years and in […] Continue Reading

Winter care for optimum condition – getting the basics right

During the winter horses can drop condition due to reduced nutrition in grass and lower temperatures. Providing the right nutrition and management helps promote condition, so if your horse drops weight in winter, follow these guidelines to keep your horse in excellent health. Winter Nutrition Good nutrition will support body condition, but it’s important to be aware that horses naturally […] Continue Reading

Linseed – Boost your winter feeding

If you are looking to boost your horse’s health and condition this winter – then look no further than Smart Linseed to provide a fantastic winter feed: Linseed itself comes from the Linseed plant (Linum usitassiumum) also known as flaxseed – a member of the plant family Linaceae, with distinctive small blue flowers. It is grown as a crop all […] Continue Reading

Seasonal Nutrition Tips for an Awesome Autumn

Autumn brings with it beautiful colours and riding through bright, crisp leaves but as the nights now start to draw in and the temperature drops, it’s time to think about your horse’s nutritional requirements. Here are our top tips for keeping your horse fit and healthy through Autumn and beyond… Forage Autumn Flush – mild, wet weather at the beginning […] Continue Reading

The Benefits Of Feeding Treats To Your Horse

We all love our horses and giving your equine friend a treat from time to time is a lovely way to enrich your relationship.  But treats are much more than just a titbit you give your horse, they are a beneficial addition to your horse’s life. They can be used in many different ways, not only as a reward but […] Continue Reading

Caring for Horses in a Heat Wave

With the current heat wave that is upon us in the UK and Ireland, you might be wondering how best to keep your horse comfortable and healthy in the heat? Follow these guidelines for the best care and nutrition when the temperature rises. Hydration Water is easily the most essential nutrient in your horse’s diet and it becomes even more […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Mare and Foal

Good nutrition is essential, from the time of conception to the birth of a healthy foal. Once the foal arrives, nutrition continues to be vital for both mare and foal to support optimum growth and development. Read on for some essential advice to help produce a healthy youngster. The first few months During the first few months, most of the foal’s […] Continue Reading

Nutrition for the Pregnant Mare

Owning a pregnant mare can be an exciting time, but when your mare is essentially eating for two, nutrition is key. Your mare will have her own nutrient requirements, but you also need to add to that the requirements of the growing foal she is carrying.  The right nutrition to support foal growth and development throughout pregnancy is important but […] Continue Reading